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A T-1000 December

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Dec. 6, 2021

Photo: “The Future is Not Set” -Kyle Reese quoting John Connor from The Terminator (1984)

A folded document fell on my lap while turning through the pages of a book I had not glanced through in a year. It was a test print for a brand new printer and the cryptic quotation that Kyle Reese delivers to Sarah Connor inside a dark tunnel in The Terminator was fresh in my mind.

I am no stranger to the Terminator franchise. T2 was released the summer of nineteen ninety one and I was one of thousands who rushed to the theater to laugh when Arnold said, “I’ll be back.” The young John Connor character was close enough in age to be relatable while still being a role model. The shape shifting, T-1000 police officer still gives me nightmares.

The first Terminator movie came out before I was born and the first time I had ever seen the film was last year, which is fitting considering time travel is integral to the story’s plot.

The folded document read:

“Thank you,
for your courage
through the dark years.

I can’t help you
with what you must
soon face,

except to say that
the future is not set.

You must be stronger
than you imagine
you can be.

You must survive,
or I will never exist.

That’s all.”
-future John Connor

The words resonated in the eighties and they resonate in the present day for a multitude of reasons. They helped motivate me through the dark December of last year and I know they will carry me through this one.

Be stronger.

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plymayer at 5:43PM, Dec. 6, 2021

Time is like super highway. If you change lanes anything can happen. Use your turn signals, drive safely and watch for idiots weaving in and out of traffic.

plymayer at 5:40PM, Dec. 6, 2021

Sarah Connor was zesty with that 80s hair and what not.

Banes at 6:55AM, Dec. 6, 2021

many of us are having to find ways to steel ourselves and build ourselves up to keep going these days. Can definitely relate - and T2 still stands as an amazing movie, to be sure!

Andreas_Helixfinger at 2:34AM, Dec. 6, 2021

There's this ice cream sign outside of the pizzeria in my neighbourhood in the shape of a happy clown. Throughout fall whenever I've returned to my neighbourhood after work and I've seen this clown-sign knocked over by the wind, I lift it back up, standing upright again. It has become this strange ritual of sort. I imagine that the clown the sign depicts is me and I'm lifting myself up again. My way of saying to myself "Get up you bum!! Because I love you and I need you to be stronger then this!"

anonymous at 1:25AM, Dec. 6, 2021


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